"Lively guitar that would make the Allman Brothers proud!"
~Lonestar Music Magazine~
Devin began his musical career opening for Townes Van Zandt, and spent the day with him. He got some valuable one on one time with one of the great Texas songwriters of all time. Opening spots for bands like the Dixie Chicks followed soon after. He then went on as the lead singer/songwriter/ guitarist of Fort Worth’s notorious Hillbilly Café. A neo-rockabilly band, they released four albums. The band won several Fort Worth music awards including Best Country and Best Rock and Roll Band as well as Band of the Year. Several Rockabilly legends asked the band to back them up, including Gene Sommers, Mac Curtis, and Ronny Dawson, and they were invited to tour with Reverend Horton Heat.
Three times Grammy nominated Pat Green was impressed enough to ask Devin to play guitar on the “Carry On” album. Legendary actor James Hong (Airplane, Seinfeld) personally asked for three of Devin's songs for his movie "Scandalous Behavior," starring him and Shannon Tweed.
When that chapter closed, Devin went solo, immersing himself deeper in all styles of Americana music. He began concentrating on songwriting. Legendary Texas writers like Townes Van Zandt, Paul Ritchey, and Ray Winkler gave Devin personal songwriting help. While touring with a power trio, the Devin Leigh Band, people began to take notice of Devin’s guitar skills. With the offers too great to pass up, he put his singer/songwriter career on hold and became a full time guitar player. Devin took on a job playing for Dallas’s most popular singers, Becca Daylrymple. There he forged his own unique style, blending old school blues and rockabilly with modern rock and country. He co-wrote “No Man’s Land”, featured on the compilation “Texas Unplugged” on the Palo Dura Label.
For over five years, Devin played guitar for Austin based Bleu Edmondson. Bleu has a gritty, southern style that is full of emotion. Playing around 250 dates a year, the band headlined all the major venues from the south to New York City, selling out many of them. They released a live album “One Voice,” in 2006 to critical acclaim. In 2007 they teamed up with producer Dwight Baker (Kelly Clarkson), to record “Lost Boy.” The album, released under Smith Music, was ranked in the top 20 of the national Americana charts, and in the top ten of most Texas Charts. USA Today named the single “Last Last Time” as one of the top ten buzz worthy songs of 2009, and charted nationally at #9 on the Americana chart. It was also the number one seller on Lone Star Music for 2007! The record was named "Best Album of the year", while the band was named "Best Texas Band of the Year" at the Oklahoma Music Awards. The Bleu Edmondson Band recorded a live DVD/cd at the legendary Billy Bob's Texas, which was voted "Best Live Album", 2009 at the Gruene with Envy awards. In 2009 the band signed with the prestigious Creative Artists Agency. The most recent single, “Finger on the Trigger” went to #3 on Cmt’s top twelve countdown. Devin recently finished colaborating with Dwight Baker again to record Bleu's newest album, "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be." The single "No Room for Mercy" went to #4 on the Texas Chart and "Blood Red Lincoln" going to #1!
Next it was stints with other great Texas Artists like Jason Eady and Max Stalling. More touring and Texas music followed.
Solo now, Devin is playing solo acoustic shows and joining top Texas artists such as Jason Boland and Jason Eady on guitar. He and Mike Ryan were winners of the 95.9 Ranch Pickin' Party. His debut album, "Music For the Sole" was released in January of 2011. Getting back to basic's, the show focuses on acoustic instrumentals and slide guitar, harmonica, and percussion pedals played by foot! Devin released his first solo album "Music for the Sole', with 10 originals in 2012. The album was recorded at Devin's home, with no computer enhancement. It has received very well by fans and critics alike!
The next step was to showcase Devin's guitar playing, so "Acoustramental"was released. 10 instrumental versions of crowd favorites like "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "Halelujiah", recorded live, again with no computer enhancement.
In 2014 another Fort Worth Music nomination came along in the Texas Music catergory. Devin plays 15-20 shows a month at some of the best venues in North Texas. The second studio album is in the works now!
"He's a stud, man, he knows what he's doing for sure. The thing I love about Devin is he plays a much different style of guitar depending on what the song calls for. And he did all of the lead guitar work on Lost Boy and really knocked it out of the park. He's so diverse in what he listens to and he soaks it all up so if we need a real rockin' 80's vibe guitar at a show he'll play that. If we need a real country pickin' kind of thing, he'll do that. And he plays a lot of slide and different kinds of guitars – sounds and tones – he's very adaptable that way.” ~Bleu Edmondson
"I am very impressed with your playing and potential" -Jeff Purchon, legendary musician and founder of Gig-fx.
"Cool indeed!" ~Steve Yankee of Reverend guitars
"Gorgeous guitar solos....U2esque guitar stylings." ~Andrew W. Griffin (Norman Transcript)
"Great guitar!" ~galleywinter.com~
~"Acoustramental", Live solo instrumental album, Stage notes music
~"Music for the Sole", Devin Leigh solo album, Stage Notes Music
~"The Boot Campaign Cd", compilation benefitting the troups, featuring "Black and White"
~"The Future Ain't What it Used to Be", Bleu Edmondson Band
~"Live at Billy Bob's" Dvd/cd. Smith Music
~"Lost Boy”, Bleu Edmondson Band, Smith Music
~"One Voice" live album, self released, Bleu Edmondson Band
~ "Carry On", Pat Green, Universal Records
~ "Texas Unplugged", Palo Dura Records 2004,
~ "Scandalous Behavior" Soundtrack, 1999, Featuring "This Heart", "I Like What I See", and "Put the Hurt on Me",
~"Hillbilly Cafe", Self-titled, 1997 Hepcat Records,
~"Trouble", Hillbilly Cafe, 1998, Hepcat Records,
~"Five Songs is Better Than Nothing", Hillbilly Cafe 5 song E.P. Hillbilly Cafe songs available on iTunes.
~"Miller Lite True to Texas", Featuring "Cut the Rug"
~"Big E's Lone Star Record Hop", Texas Rockabilly Compilation, Remedial Records, Featuring "Cut the Rug"
Hillbilly Cafe songs now available on iTunes!
Devin also plays banjo, dobro, lap steel, and harmonica.